Information about money, work and COVID-19

Here is the latest guidance for parents about money, work and COVID-19.

Last updated: 19th July 2021

I have a baby who was born premature or sick and my work or finances are being affected by COVID-19. Where can I get support?

If you have been affected financially by COVID-19, you may be able to access help. Citizens Advice have up to date information about this on their website, including information about how your benefits might be affected.

Currently, there is no government support specifically for families of premature and sick babies in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

If you live in Scotland, you will be able to reclaim travel and food costs while your baby is in neonatal care through the Neonatal Expenses Fund. For more information about this, visit this page.

I am concerned about my baby/child and because I am travelling to work, What should I do?

Your employer will already need to comply with guidelines to ensure that workplaces are COVID-19 secure and that you are able to work safely. If you are concerned about a member of your household being vulnerable you may want to talk to your employer to see what arrangements can be made.

You can find more information about your work rights during the COVID-19 pandemic on the following websites:

We have more information for children and adults who are vulnerable on this page.

Other useful organisations

Acas have more information about staying safe at work, furlough and shielding during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also call them on 0300 123 1100, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.

Citizens Advice
have more information about furlough, what to do if you are worried about working, and your rights at work.

Working Families have more information about your work rights during COVID-19.

The government websites for each region of the UK has more information about support for people financially affected by COVID-19. There is information for people who live in:

Mind has lots of information if you are feeling anxious or worried about COVID-19, and has guidance on how to take care of your mental wellbeing.

We have tried to answer some common questions here and we are updating this page as more information becomes available. For more support, get in touch at hello@bliss.org.uk